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Developing and Advancing Effective Public Involvement and Environmental Justice Strategies for Rural and Small Communities (Federal Highway Administration 2016).  Reports on research with 6 communities to identify effective, locally appropriate, replicable strategies that transportation planners, practitioners and other decision makers in rural areas and other smaller communities can use to garner public involvement in transportation planning and programming, and especially to engage environmental justice communities in working with transportation planners to co-create strategies that will mitigate or avoid prospective environmental justice issues.

Planning Friendly Meetings: Going Beyond the ADA to Make Your Meeting Place User-Friendly (Transit Planning 4 All, 2015). This Tip Sheet can assist anyone one who wants to be sure that older persons and persons with disabilities feel welcome and comfortable at their meetings. It is a supplement to the many good existing tip sheets on how to plan meetings and events that comply with ADA regulations.

Facilitating Public Input into Transportation Plans: The Role for Mobility Management Practitioners (National Center for Mobility Management, 2015). The process of planning future transportation services takes into account input from several sources, including formal studies by transportation planners and engineers; input from advisory groups, stakeholders, and the general public; and community-wide needs assessments. This brief looks at types of transportation planning organizations, transportation plans, and public involvement processes, and then explores the role of mobility managers in facilitating the public’s input into the plans.

Route to Community Engagement Toolkit (Easter Seals Project ACTION, 2013). An 8-Step Process for Working in Partnership with Veterans, Military Families and Active Duty Service Personnel in Local Community Engagement Activities

Developing Partnerships Between Transportation Agencies and the Disability and Underrepresented Communities (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Research Results Digest No. 107, 2013). Provides practitioners with a resource guide and best practices for developing productive relationships with the disability and underrepresented groups.

Including People with Disabilities in Coordinated Plans (Easter Seals Project ACTION, 2013). Provides ideas and suggestions for increased involvement by people with disabilities in communities' coordination efforts toward accessible transportation.

The Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities (Sustainable Communities Living Initiative 2012). A guide to the benefits of and guidelines for fostering the communityengagement that is necessary to build sustainable communities.

Including People with Disabilities: Communication and Meeting Etiquette Pocket Guide Making (Easter Seals Project ACTION, 2012). Designed to raise awareness of the needs individuals with disabilities may have in a meeting setting or one-on-one conversation.

Public Participation Strategies for Transit (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Synthesis No. 89, 2011). Documents the state-of-the-practice in terms of public participation strategies to inform and engage the public for transit-related activities. Also provides ideas and insights into practices and techniques that agencies have found to be most successful, and discusses challenges relating to engaging the public.

Effective Use of Citizen Advisory Committees for Transit Planning and Operation (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Synthesis No. 85, 2010). Describes the state of the practice and promising ideas for involving advisory committees in transit planning and operations, exploring the experiences from a few agencies in detail.

How to Engage Low-Literacy and Limited-English Proficiency Populations in Transportation Decision Making (Federal Highway Administration, 2006). Documents “best practices” in identifying and engaging low-literacy and limited-English-proficiency populations in transportation decision making.


Mobility Managers and Transportation Planners: Together, Facilitating Public Input into Transportation Plans (National Center for Mobility Management, 2015). Webinar featuring  FTA’s Office of Planning and  local agencies to discuss the roles FTA, FHWA, and MPOs play in transportation planning. Presents innovative examples for boosting public participation, and how mobility managers and transportation planners together can enhance public input into coordinated transportation planning as well as broader long- and short-term transportation planning.


Strengthening Inclusive Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living. Project sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living to support communities nationwide in adopting sustainable, scalable, and replicable models that include participation of people with disabilities and older adults in the design and implementation of responsive, coordinated transportation systems.

Federal Social Media Community of Practice. Cross-agency group of federal social media managers. Identifies opportunities and challenges to improve government use of social data, and collectively address them for the shared benefit of all agencies. Supports the creation of online communities that provide opportunities for citizens to collaborate, participate, and engage with their government.

Developing Public Participation Tools in Transit-Dependent Communities (Federal Transit Administration and Project for Public Spaces). Website reflecting the tools the UCLA Department of Urban Planning and the Latino Urban Forum created to help communities more effectively engage transit riders in the transit station, system and network planning process, especially regarding the walking environment to and around transit stops/stations. Can view projects by type, such as downtowns, transportation, waterfronts, training, etc.

Public Transportation Participation Pilot Program (Federal Transit Administration). Reports on pilot projects (2006–2009) that developed innovative approaches to improving public participation in the planning of public transportation.